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Intercultural Communication and Mentoring in the workplace

Studies in communication across different cultures and social groups and how culture affects communication

The purpose of this short course, offered at NQF level 5, is to assist students in understanding human communication in multi-cultural settings – with a particular focus on the mass media and/or the workplace. Participants learn to come to terms with diversity in South Africa and how to reduce intercultural misunderstandings. Students discuss communication in the context of the world of business and management, including organisational functions and meeting styles, management activities (planning, organising, leading, controlling, interacting), powerful communication, pacing and leading, motivation, as well as conflict management and mentoring in the workplace. 

Course Fee

The course costs R8 500.


The course is part-time and runs for 8 weeks (40 hours) 


Participants who meet all minimum requirements for the course are awarded a certificate of competence. 

Programme Overview

Intercultural communication can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of the Diploma in Legal Interpreting. In this course, learners gain insight as to their own personality and how they generally intereact with other people. This knowledge is honed to prepare learners to interact with people with different cultures in a respectful manner. This course also equips learners with the skills needed to perform as mentors. Learners learn how to give constructuve criticism and to accept criticism with grace and aplomb.

The Diploma in Legal Interpreting, which is accredited by SASSETA, is aimed at upgrading language practitioners’ skills in interpreting and thereby improving their career prospects. Qualifying students who pass the Diploma in Legal Interpreting will be able to apply to enrol in Postgraduate Diploma in Translation or Interpreting at Wits, subject to terms and conditions set by the University Senate.

This course starts on 26 March 2019.

This course is presented in a blended learning format. This means that the course has an online component as well as face-to-face sessions on the following dates:

26 & 27 March 2019

09, 10, 16 and 17 April 2019

07 & 08 May 2019


SASSETA accredited Diploma in Legal interpreting

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • Grade 12 or equivalent (approved by SAQA).
  • Fluent English.
  • Fluent in at least one other language.
  • Basic computer literacy.
Career Opportunities

This course provides learners with the skills required to better communicate with people from a variety of cultures.  This course is paramount for legal interpreters as well as anyone who regularly deals with conflict resolution in the workplace.